Marble and Media: Digital Activations of Public Memory

 

Marble and Media is a 6-week creative laboratory running from February 17 - March 31, 2021 which utilizes new media to explore monuments and memorialization in public space.

Inspired by the work of artist Cheyenne Concepcion’s fictional municipal agency, New Monuments Taskforce, the lab will investigate and contribute to contemporary public discourse around past, present, and future monuments through the use of augmented reality (AR). The lab consists of creative workshops, peer-to-peer skill-sharing, discussions, and project development. It will culminate in the presentation of collaborative AR activations and responses to public monuments in San Francisco.

The lab is co-led by the following artists:

Cheyenne Concepcion (cheyenneconcepcion.com)

Cheyenne Concepcion is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer based in San Francisco. She creates work that examines the politics of place, using installation, speculation, social practice, photography and sculpture. Drawing on her interest and research in urban planning, and utilizing her training as a designer, Concepcion’s work is site-specific and focuses on land development, cultural memory, migration and often has a public component.

She is a 2020 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellow and in 2019, she was a Monument Lab Fellow and recipient of the Excellence in Design Award from UC Berkeley. Her work has been shown in galleries and in situ. A “self-taught” artist, Concepcion received her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and Bachelors degree in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego. By day, she is a Designer at Spiegel Aihara Workshop in SF’s Dogpatch.

 

 

Camila Magrane (camilamagrane.com)

Camila Magrane is a multimedia artist originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Having a father from the US and a mother from Venezuela, she grew up alternating between both countries. Being fully exposed to two different cultures gave her a greater understanding of what it means to have various perspectives. After graduating from film school in Caracas, she moved back to San Francisco where she freelanced as an editor and camera operator, working on a wide range of fictional films, documentaries, and music videos. Camila later moved on to work in the game industry as a cinematic artist.

Most recently, Camila has been exploring the involvement of technology and interactivity in art. This has driven her to obtain a bachelor of science in computer science with a concentration in game development. She continues to hone her skills as a creative coder through the creation of interactive videos, installations and games. She has been most noted for the creation of her augmented reality collages where she has established a postmodern aesthetic by combining traditional darkroom techniques with the use of digital tools.''

 

Composed of 8 Bay Area-based emerging artists and/or activists:

 

Kim Nucci

Kim Nucci (OAK) is a media artist, composer/improviser and technologist. They perform on saxophone, electronics, voice and live projection. Their research interests most recently are exploring the pedestrian cybernetic body through critically examining our relationship with technology and with our instruments. They are also invested in the exploration of ritualism and trance states in improvisation. Kim holds an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media, an MA in Music Composition from Mills College, a BA in Visual Arts from Bennington College. They currently teach courses in electronic music at California Jazz Conservatory, and are the studio manager for San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Technology and Applied Composition department. They are part of the sound and stage department at ACRE residency, where they teach workshops on modular synthesis and sound engineering for "non-dudes". They are a part of Driven Arts Collective, having recently directed/filmed the video work “Quarant Time” documenting the collective's rehearsal process during 2020 and assisted with filming “Z A G A.” Previously, they did show programming and co-authored music & video elements for Khôra.

 

Mae Ross


Mae Ross is a queer/trans Oakland-based multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on printmaking, digital art, and graphic design. She has also made a name for herself as a music producer/DJ in the local Bay Area under the pseudonym Technopagan.

Mae strives to push the boundaries of the relationship between the digital and material world. Her main design tool is Photoshop, which she has been using for over 9 years. She uses Photoshop to transfer her designs into the print world with a risograph, her print medium of choice. Mae comes from a family of photographers and has been taking photos since she was young. Lately, she is into older digital cameras, such as Y2K cameras, with absurdly small megapixels which has taught her a lot about technology from before her time. She is also the lead designer and editor of a full color 44 page magazine, Generaiderz. The magazine is focused on the local music scene and is in process of its second issue. ​Mae is currently pursuing an education in graphic and web design, and has been learning how to expand her skills in coding.

 

Hannah Scott

Hannah Scott is a student of science and technology studies, a multimedia artist, and a facilitator of creative communities. Currently studying the history of media technologies at Stanford, Hannah thinks critically about the forms of control that propagate through aesthetic implementations of technology, as well as strategies for subversive and liberatory reappropriations of technical tools through art. Hannah also weaves these scholarly interests into her creative practice through writing, filmmaking, and digital artmaking.


 

 

 

 

Jeff Enlow

Jeff Enlow is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates photography, video, vernacular images, and emerging technologies. His practice is equally dedicated to photographic and research based field work, and to sifting through digital archives. He is concerned with notions of social entanglement, digital assertion, and our often messy attempts at transcendence. His work explores how these phenomena are both embedded within, and created by, popular culture, media, and myth.

Jeff lives and works in California. He received his BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University, and his MFA at the California College of the Arts. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Geographic Society, Southern Exposure, and the Poynter Institute.


 

 

CJ Manar-Spears

CJ (she/they) aka MadamCJda3rd, was born on Ohlone land and raised by a family 3 generations deep in East Oakland. They are a Pan-Afrikan womxnist and multimedia artist with a degree in Sociology/Leadership/Cultural Proficiency from SDSU. They were reborn during a year of study abroad in Ghana and travel throughout Africa. While in university, CJ found a passion for filmmaking and social innovation. They co-founded Plugged Productions and Roots Collective GH. Since graduating, CJ has completed a fellowship with the Bay Area Video Coalition and joined the amazing teams of One Life Healing Institute, The Lavender Collective, Black Voices United, and East Bay Permanent Real Estate Co-Operative. Their purpose is to radically heal, and show love to Black femmes and children.


 

 

 

Caleb Lightfoot

Caleb Lightfoot is a designer trained within the discipline of architecture. His practice exists at the intersection of architecture, art, and archaeology. Relying on both digital and analog tools, his work is intent on producing deep maps, utilizing hybridized methods of representation. He is active participant with the American Excavations on Samothrace, and is also involved in archaeological projects in North Carolina and the Eastern Peloponnese of Greece. He received an M.Arch from Texas Tech University in 2017 where he participated in the 2015 Land Arts of the American West field season. He was a TAXI Artist in Residence in 2020 (temporarily postponed) in Denver, CO, and is also an ongoing collaborator and guest advisor in the Rio Meander Mapping project. He currently resides in Oakland, CA, where he works with the unhoused full time while pursuing his research and design projects.

 

 


Paola de la Calle

Paola de la Calle is a Latinx interdisciplinary artist whose work examines home, borders, identity, and nostalgia. Her practice is a multidisciplinary exploration that ties together her family’s migration, personal memories, as well as historical and political narratives through the use of textiles, printmaking, and collage. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States at Crosstown Arts, Nave Gallery, Jay Etkin Gallery, Root Division, Galeria de la Raza, Compound Gallery, 440 Gallery, and SOMArts. In her recent work, de la Calle unpacks cultural elasticity by combining digitally printed fabric, hand sewing techniques, and text to investigate the symbolism within everyday objects.

She is a graduate of the New York Foundation of the Arts Immigrant Artist Program and the 2020 Artist-in-Residence at Galeria de la Raza. Her work has been published in Mujerista Co. issues III and IV, The New Farmers Almanac, and Graphite Journal. Her studio practice has been featured on Hyperallergic’s “A View from the Easel.” She is currently based in San Francisco, CA.

 

Henna Muttreja

Hena Muttreja is a San Francisco based interdisciplinary designer. Having grown up in Orlando, Florida, her backyard was the theme park capital of the world; her childhood was filled with entertainment design that sparked her curiosity and interest in creating experiences that transport the body and excite the mind. Her passions for the natural sciences and spatial design were fueled by her family’s professions and created thought patterns that remain on the search of convergence between science and art. She was able to further explore these disciplines, as well as develop new interests around culture, identity and technology by studying Communications and Speculative Design at UC San Diego. Currently she works at Pyarful to explore the intersection between South Asian and American identity by designing consumer goods in the form of stationary, homewares and gifts that represent cultural norms, icons & traditions highlighting the Asian diaspora. Trained in the healing arts, she practices the pursuit of a balanced lifestyle, but also utilizes these techniques to inspire and accentuate her designs and art works. She hopes to pursue a M.Architecture in the near future to further the practice by incorporating principles of her Indian identity and culture.